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  • Christmas Times In The Washington Home

    Dear Mom, Dad, Brother & Sisters 
    I cherish every good time we had (And still have) together. But when December came around during my childhood, it was always an exciting time. I’ll never forget helping you all put up the Christmas trees. We always had a big tree in that trailer! It was a lot of fun looking at those beautiful Christmas lights in…read more

    Gerald
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  • You Me & Chevy Caprice

    The Chevrolet Caprice (ka-pree-sh) is a full-sized automobile produced by Chevrolet in North America from 1965 to 1996 model years. Full-size Chevrolet sales peaked in 1965 with over a million sold. A million sold!
    Chevy Caprice has classic, timeless, and phenomenal beauty. You ever been in awe of a classic car? When one passes you by you are…read more

    Gie Santana
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    • I am sorry you ever felt misunderstood or misrepresented, this is so powerful and so poetically written. I love this part, “I wish to see more inclusivity of the enormous amounts of creativity. Let it blossom from every tv screen, rich in color, live in dramatic wedding scenes.
      And I wish for justice to be served on the first string, when the…read more

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      • Thank you Lauren 🙂
        I’m so glad it resonates with you. I have found my voice within my pen and platforms such as this one will make a difference in this world. This is a gem and a safe space and I’m thankful for it!

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    • Gie,

      Let say this before anything, I love this letter. The way you wrote about something that causes me great pain to see such amazing people misunderstood or misrepresented is inspiring. I know how it feels to be misunderstood but on a different plane than what you’ve felt. These words you’ve shared prove that you are so much more than those…read more

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      • Wow, thank you so much for the kind words and added motivation Roger! I strongly believe that if we all ban together to attack the issues in a positive and loving light we can progress for sure!

        I love Chevy’s , super cool you’ve owned a couple of classics 🙂

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  • A Mom and Music

    Dear Mom,

    I remember so much from growing up. The amount of memories are nearly endless. A few stuck out in particular. Because of you music always has had a special place in my life. It’s no surprise that one of my favorite memories has both music and you in it. It’s one I treasure even now that you’re not here anymore.

    I remember most that…read more

    Roger
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    • Roger, this is so sweet. Do you still ever play music? I think that could be so good for you. Music is incredibly healing and soothing. I wish I had the ability to play.

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      • Well the Tuba I played in concert band was a school owned instrument because they cost like 6 thousand dollars. I borrowed an instrument for jazz ensemble and my band director actually found some music that I played the tuba on for jazz ensemble too. After high school I turned to my voice as a means of being involved in music although I never was…read more

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  • My grandparents filled my heart with love.

    Dear Grandma Urdang and Grandpa Urdang,
    Growing up Mom and Dad took me almost every weekend to visit you in Greenich Village. We either drove into the city or in later years came down the palisade parkway to visit you on the very cool west 4 th street in the west village. You lived in a 100 year old nyc city historic landmark apartment…read more

    Shelley Brill
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    • Shelley,

      Hearing you say words in Yiddish last night brought out such a great memory. Years ago when I worked for the local newspaper I ate breakfast and some days lunch at local deli, Kravitz deli. The memories I have from there are endless. So much history was talked about there and a lot of people would say words I didn’t understand at the…read more

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  • My Favorite Childhood Memories

    Dear Mom and Dad,

    When I was a child, we went on trips to Disney World, Aruba, California, and Vermont. We went to zoos and parks and all sorts of places. I played soccer worldwide, as we traveled as far as Italy to compete. While each of those memories is special, one of my favorite memories growing up is a bit simpler.

    Every day from first…read more

    Lauren
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    • Lauren,

      Car rides are such a big thing for me. It is during a car ride where a lot of people see the person I am without all of the clouds blocking the way. The car holds for me one of the few places that I feel confident enough to show who I am at the ground level. Often confused for a concert hall, or a Broadway theater is my car. Singing songs…read more

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  • whitjr shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 3 days, 13 hours ago

    COOL RAY’S BRONC SUITE MIX

    She just showed up with it one day

    the patient I cannot name here.

    She had been one of those few patients

    that I’d allowed myself to get too close to

    guess that we had come to know each other

    over the several years it took

    to get two, t-w-o, double lung transplants

    such a vivacious twenty-something

    progeny of excellently smart parents…read more

    Ray
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    • Aww Mr. Whitaker, this is so sad. But how nice it is that you were able to prolong her life, while also treating her with so much love and kindness. <3 Lauren

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  • The literal missing puzzle piece

    My Zeusy,

    When I was a baby, I was born into a home where my best friend lived. However hard times made us leave our home and when we moved my best friend ran away. I always yearned for a new best friend but lost hope throughout life.

    When I was 30, I found out I was pregnant with my son. It was a world wind of emotions since a few years prior…read more

    AL Gonzalez
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    • Awww you must know I love dogs. This is so sweet. Zeus sounds absolutely AMAZING. I am so glad he found you and you found him. What a sweet and beautiful letter to your baby boy. -Lauren

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  • Roger Chamberlain shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 1 week, 1 day ago

    Identity

    Dear Identity,

    I am ashamed to say that I don’t know what you are. You aren’t the only singular thing I search for meaning within, but you cause me the most extreme distress.

    All my life I’ve searched for my life’s definition in you. By no shortage of pure irony, my favorite television show growing up was called The Pretender. It was about a…read more

    Roger Chamberlain
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    • Roger, maybe your identity isn’t one singular thing but many things. Don’t spend so much time trying to define who you are and instead just BE who you are.

      Lauren

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  • A simple compliment can go a long way

    When I first started my career as a pharmaceutical sales rep i was not very confident. I had just finished my masters in psychological counseling. But at the completion of that degree I decided to take a different route. Mu first position in pharmaceuticals was with Mead Johnson. You were my very first manager. As a pharmaceutical sales person it…read more

    Shelley
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  • Antoinette Gonzalez shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 1 week, 1 day ago

    A Message For My 1st Abuser

    The following is a poem entitled “Loudly Voiceless!” and has been written as Slam Poetry. This poem is not just to my abuser but to all abusers near and far. More importantly this is an empowerment to all the victims out there. Never forget – you’re NOT broken, you ARE healing. Become a survivor you deserve it more than you will ever…read more

    Antoinette Lucila Gonzalez
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    • Dear Antoinette,
      Your poem is so touching and truthful. I am sorry you had to go thru so much abuse, trauma and sadness as such a young person, I am very happy your life is now on the right track and you are with a good man in a healthy relationship. I wish you all the best together.

      Best regards,
      Shelley

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    • OMG! WOW! Antoinette! This is soo good. You really give powerful insight on what it’s like to be a victim, and also how you persevere through such trauma. This poem is incredibly and so deep and so empowering. I am sorry for what you went through but I am beyond inspired by all that you are. Keep shining. Keep pushing forward. Keep showing your…read more

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  • A Compliment and a Career

    Dear Ralph,

    The first time I met you I was just a young foolish kid in the process of buying a ratty old Mercedes from your business partner. You loved Mercedes so we became friends instantly. Over the course of several years we would talk about the dream cars we had within the brand. It turned out that our dream cars were exactly the same…read more

    Roger
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    • Aww this so sweet. I am sure he is/was so proud of you. It’s amazing to me how one compliment can change the way we see ourselves and our purpose in the world. <3. thank you for sharing! -Lauren

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      • The other large impact he left on me was through his absolute honesty. Car salesman usually carry a bad reputation of saying anything to get a sale. Ralph never did that, in fact the biggest other sentiment I took into the sales career I have had was when he told me something so simple. “If you can’t sell it honestly, don’t sell it at all”, those…read more

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  • To my ninth-grade guidance counselor at Suffern High School

    To my ninth-grade guidance counselor,

    We met when I was 13 years old, a young freshman at Suffern High School. You were assigned to be my guidance counselor because my last name started with a “B.” The truth is, I don’t remember much about our interactions. Embarrassingly, I am not even sure of your name (I think your last name started with…read more

    Lauren Brill
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  • Telina shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 1 week, 5 days ago

    Girl Finding Her Heart

    Dear Unsealers,

    Tonight I found myself missing the past, a version of me that I no longer am anyomore. From the cocoon came the butterfly, and she is who I am when I let go. When I stop trying to control everything around me and allow life to flow. I was crying because she has been there all along. It hurt to know that I neglected her for so…read more

    The Butterfly
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    • When you google “Is crying good for you?” The first thing that comes up is, “Researchers have established that crying releases oxytocin and endogenous opioids, also known as endorphins. These feel-good chemicals help ease both physical and emotional pain.”

      Crying is a release and a healthy one at that. It does not mean you are weak, or anything…read more

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  • Jael shared a letter in the Group logo of To my younger selfTo my younger self group 2 weeks ago

    Hannah, Please Forgive Me...

    Dear Hannah….

    Nothing can justify my actions…I don’t know where I started becoming cynical about you again…to not speak to you for 4+ months is absolutely unforgivable…

    I’ve been practicing self-discipline and being alone for so long that somewhere within this year…my healing turned into erasing….and I admit it.

    I admit that…read more

    Your other half, Jael
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  • Roger Chamberlain shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 2 weeks ago

    Forgotten

    Like the dark night awash in headlight
    I feel just as forgotten as it does
    Like all the good I could be
    Never was

    Living life meandering from place to place
    Thing to thing in search of belonging
    Yet the only respite I find
    Is yet another longing

    For a moments rest for my mind
    To find something ‘yond this window pane
    The answer to a simple…read more

    Roger Chamberlain
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  • Telina shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 2 weeks ago

    Infinite Memory

    The golden light embedded itself in my chest.
    It engulfed my heart in its grasp.
    It spread to the rest of my vessel.
    So this is what healing was like.
    It was like a rainbow after a storm ravishing the world and then sprouting from one side to another.
    All rays of light shining beautiful and bright colors.
    Pure bliss in its true form…read more

    Telina Lucero
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  • Jacey shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    One more day

    Tonight may you close your eyes and dream of the morning rise.
    When you awake take a deep breath you are still here , so let go of that fear.
    May today be full of sunshine, and so many things give you a sign that it’s going to be fine.
    That today we choose to be okay for another beautiful day.

    Jacey A.
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  • The First Car Enthusiast

    Dear Bertha,

    I remember the first time I read about your story. I had purchased a car that bore your last name upon it. The story I read that day left me amazed then and even more so now. What you would do as you blazed a trail into infamy is something I have longed to write about. That day is today.

    You saw the potential for the motor vehicle…read more

    Roger Chamberlain
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  • Lauren Brill shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Mirror Mirror

    Every day I look in the mirror but rarely do I see my reflection
    Instead I just see the reason I often garner men’s affection

    In the mirror I can see the scar on my face but I miss the imperfections in my actions
    Instead I just see big brown eyes, long brown hair and stare with satisfaction

    In the mirror I look myself in the eye but n…read more

    Lauren
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  • Sade Bess shared a letter in the Group logo of Chasing Your DreamsChasing Your Dreams group 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Something To Prove

    Dear community ,
    When I’m stressed or frustrated in the pursuit of my dreams I think of God and his everlasting love and promises to me . I think about all the times I wanted more and had less and the way he’s kept me going . I think of the things I didn’t have as a kid in foster care and how I was treated so differently and ultimately felt depri…read more

    Sade
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    • Sade,

      I had to fight back a few tears reading your letter just now. I don’t know that my words could ever replace the things you didn’t get to experience growing up. I grew up in a family of limited means so I connect to this on a slightly different level. There was always a wanting in my life. I saw the kids with the fancy sneakers in school…read more

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      • Thank you so much for your kind words . So grateful for the encouragement . Definitely feel like my tomorrows are a definite reflection of my todays ,just rolling with my faith & how far I’ve come .i just feel like if I keep pushing through I’ll eventually get there or close at least lol We got this in this bag !

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